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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Feb 28, 2014

Canada did something really weird a couple of weeks ago.  They did away with pennies.

As of February 4, banks could no longer get pennies from the mint.  In fact, they have to turn in all their pennies.  And merchants can no longer give pennies in change. 

Basically, Canada is trying to get all pennies out of...

Feb 24, 2014

Tailspin Tommy started as a newspaper comic strip in 1928, and it spawned two movie serials, four movies, a comic book series, a Big Little book (pictured), a novel - and a radio show.

Tailspin Tommy Tomkins, his best friend Skeets Milligan, and his girlfriend Betty Lou Barnes all fly for airship developer Paul Smith...

Feb 17, 2014

NBC needed a show to replace Mr. District Attorney, which had gone to ABC. 

They came up with The Defense Rests. 

But at the last minute, they turned it down and ABC picked it up, renaming it Defense Attorney. 

The title character was played by Mercedes McCambridge, and Howard Culver played a newspaper reporter. 


Feb 14, 2014

The United States is paying 9.4 cents for every nickel it mints.  And Congress is not very happy about it. 

So tests are underway to find cheaper materials for nickels, and the latest experiment involves making nickels with the same formula used to make pennies - a zinc base covered with a thin layer of copper. 

Feb 11, 2014

The Continental Celebrity Club aired for just half a year, but it had several big stars appear in those few shows. 

Newsman John Daly and the Aldrich Family's Jackie Kelk hosted the show.

Clayton (Bud) Collyer announced, Margaret Whiting was the show's vocalist, and Ray Bloch's Orchestra provided the music. 

And each...